Success Stories

Hariatou’s Garden Supports her Family

Hariatou lives in Tagantassou and is an active gardener through RAIN’s Sustainable Agriculture initiative. As a widow, Hariatou is solely responsible for supporting herself and her children. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to grow nutritious food for her family and to supplement her income through crop sales.

This year, she grew varied crops including cabbage, lettuce, ...

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Tinna Appreciates Community Solidarity

“I am happy to have benefited at the end of the year when we shared our savings and interest earned. I really enjoy getting together every week as a group. I also love to meet with our students every week to educate and teach them crafts that will help them to keep our culture alive. This is really a sign of solidarity. ...

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Zeinaba Finds Sisterhood

“I’m an older woman. I have only one daughter. She had two children before marrying… So now I take care of my two grandchildren for her. The children are too young to help me. I was living at the mercy of my own poverty and sometimes received help from do-gooders, giving me a little assistance from time to time. Thanks to two loans this past year, ...

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Tanalher Sees Generational Change

Tanalher, one of our mentors, reflects about the mentoring program and the value of education:

“RAIN’s school programs this year greatly helped our school. In their free time, I talk with my students about good hygiene and the importance of education. I also teach the girls I sponsor how to weave colored, palm frond hats and mats. If my parents had realized the importance of school for my generation, ...

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Hadi Enters Middle School in the Big City

Hadi, an 8th grade student at the Agadez Learning Center (ALC), comes from a small village where her younger siblings are enrolled in elementary school. Her older sister dropped out after elementary school, leaving Hadi to attend middle school alone. She explains that coming to the ALC was, “the first time I saw all these beautiful and wonderful things like the city lit by electricity as if it was daylight… ...

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Fatima Attends the Agadez Learning Center

Fatima, a Tuareg girl from a small village east of Agadez, compares life at home with her experience at the Agadez Learning Center. She writes:

“My family lives simply: the women do the housework and drive our herds to the pasture. There is no mill, no electricity, no boreholes to easily find water.

In my new middle school, ...

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